Since 2005, the Texas State Fair has been the home of an annual showdown of Texas’s most unique food creations. Some of the top dishes bring us the most innovative deep fried foods since the french fry. As a salute to the 10th year of the Big Tex Choice Awards, we present to you the Top 10 Most Unusual Fried Foods at the Texas State Fair.
2005 – Deep Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Relive the gooey-est parts of your childhood with the Fried PBJ and Banana Sandwich. A PBJ Sandwich that’s been frozen is then dipped in batter and quick fried. Top it off with some powdered sugar and you have 2005’s winner for Best Taste.
2006 Fried Coke
How do you fry a liquid? By infusing the flavor into a batter and deep frying it. Then drizzle it with pure fountain syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and, of course, a cherry on top to make a truly unique taste experience.
2007 Deep Fried Latte
You’re at the Texas State Fair in 2007 and you need a jolt of caffeine. No worries, just try one of the runners up for the Big Tex Choice Awards: Deep Fried Latte. This lightly fried puff pastry has a hint of coffee and is topped with cappuccino ice cream. Add sweet syrup, whipped cream and sprinkle with instant coffee for a sugar/caffeine high that will get you through the rest of the fair.
2008 Fire and Ice
As much of a show as it is a dessert, one of the 2008 finalists was Fire and Ice. A pineapple that has been battered and deep fried then topped with whipped cream. Not just any whipped cream, but banana flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen. Strawberries and syrup top the smoking desert that proves where there’s smoke, there’s flavor!
2009 Deep Fried Butter
Deep Fried Butter is one of those dishes that make you think “how do you?” or even “why would you?” But the winner of 2009’s Most Creative category isn’t as bad as you might think. Taste-wise anyway. In fact, Sue Gooding, spokeswoman for the State Fair said to the Today Show, “When you taste it, it really does taste like a hot roll with butter…It tastes great.” That’s because the whipped butter is sweetened and then surrounded by dough and of course, fried. It even had options of garlic, grape or cherry flavors for the more adventurous.
2010 Fernie’s Fried Club Salad
Another one for the “how did they do that?” category is the 2010 finalist, Fernie’s Fried Club Salad. A 12” spinach wrap is filled with diced ham & chicken, iceberg lettuce, carrot strips, cherry tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese and hickory smoked bacon. Then the whole wrap is deep fried until crispy and served on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce. Toppings include sourdough croutons on a stick that have been deep fried and your choice of creamy Ranch, Thousand Island or Caesar dressings.
2011 – Fried Bubblegum
Don’t worry, you can eat this bubblegum! It’s actually bubblegum flavored marshmallows that have been battered and deep fried. Decorated with icing and powdered sugar, this light, sweet treat won Most Creative in 2011.
2012 Picnic on a Stick
As summer winds down and fall approaches, the weather is often perfect for a picnic. Trust the Big Tex Choice Awards participants to turn that concept upside down! Spicy fried chicken, tatertots and dill pickles are alternated on a stick and then dipped in batter, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Choose from BBQ sauce, ranch or honey mustard as you dipping sauce, ants not required.
2013 Thanksgiving Dinner
Most Creative? We agree! Homemade stuffing, turkey and corn…sounds just like Thanksgiving Dinner. But this dinner has a Texas twist. Stuffing and turkey are rolled into a ball, dipped in creamed corn, seasoned cornmeal and deep fried until golden crispy. Add old fashioned giblet brown gravy and an orange cranberry sauce to make your Thanksgiving dreams complete!
2014 Deep Fried “Breakfast for Dinner”
Americans love breakfast, even if it’s for dinner. One 2014 Finalist took breakfast for dinner one step further. Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, bacon, potatoes, ham, onion, cheddar cheese and gooey cinnamon roll bits all stuffed in a 10” flour tortilla and deep fried. Dip this hearty fair food in creamy country gravy, salsa or pico-queso dip.
2015 Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy
Who said fair-food can’t be classy? Lobster and champagne elevate your taste buds in one of this year’s finalist entries. An entire lobster tail is breaded, deep fried and topped with a champagne, lemon butter gravy for a whole new fair experience!
2011 Hans’ Kraut Ball – Pork sausage, onion, garlic, sauerkraut, mustard and delicious seasonings balled up, dipped in seasoned breadcrumbs and deep fried. Spicy Mustard, Raspberry Chipotle or Ranch dipping sauces.
2012 Deep Fried Jambalaya – Shrimp, cajun sausage and seasonings coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried. Served with a side of spicy ranch sauce.
2014 Chicken Fried Loaded Baked Potato – Skinless baked potato, butter, bacon and cheese is mixed, coated and battered with spices and flour, then deep fried and served with a ranch dipping sauce.
2015 Cowboy Corn Crunch – Sweet corn, minced jalapeno, creamed cheese and smokey bacon mixed in a tot and deep fried.